For many of us who live in areas where a culture of healthy living exists, you may never need to get a juicer of your own. You will always find delis or stores that make juices — an inexpensive and convenient option, even when you're on the run.
Some of us, however, are not as fortunate to live in such an area. The solution? Buy a juicer. Sure, some of them are a hassle to clean, but there are those that are not.
What are your juicer options? Here are a few:
Norwalk Press: The Norwalk Press was developed in 1934 by Dr. Norman Walker.
Walker searched for the perfect juicer, and he found that the existing model at the time acted as a shredding machine, keeping pulp and fiber in the juice. Because of this, he argued, consumers could not fully use the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables, as the body did not have the chance to break down the food the same way it would through the chewing process.
The press he devised extracts only the juices, without the fiber and pulp. Through this process, he explained, the juices are directly taken into the bloodstream with the nutrients actually feeding your cells within 10 to 15 minutes. And all this without digestion and assimilation.
Centrifugal Juicers: There are many centrifugal juicers that you can buy, both in stores and on the Internet.
The centrifugal shreds the item and separates the pulp from the juice. It is easy to use and easy to clean.The downside with this kind of juicer is that it does not work as well with greens, but it is still excellent for juicing carrots, cucumbers, celery or apples.
One more consideration: Because of the high-speed cutting action of the blade, produce tends to oxidize, which results in damage to the enzymes and nutrients in the juice.
Masticating Juicers: In this category, masticating juicers are further subdivided into three categories: the Champion juicer, which works like the centrifugal; the single gear juicer, which works by crushing the produce; and last, the twin gear machine, which presses and crushes the produce and strains the juice through a screen.
Out of the categories listed above, the Norwalk Press, is probably the most beneficial, as it can pass on the nutrients from fruits and vegetables immediately without the oxidation of the produce.
There are many books to help you learn about juice combinations. For weight loss, the following combinations can be used as meal replacements. This offers a starvation-free alternative to keep your blood sugar levels up, which is important in any kind of weight-loss program.
Try these examples:
Carrot and lemon
Banana with strawberries and blackberries
Beets, carrots and celery
Beets, spinach and carrots
Apple, celery and lemon
Kale, carrots, garlic, parsley
Many studies have shown that juicing increases your body's function and helps to strengthen your body's various systems — your endocrine system, digestive system, and immune system, to name a few.
Some studies have suggested how one day per week of juicing can improve your health and weight.
However, juicing is not for everyone. It is best to check in with your health care practitioner if you want to consider any juicing regimen stretching over a one- to three-day period.
Stefan Aschan is the owner and founder of www.strength123.com, providing nutrition and exercise programs in New York City.